Posts Tagged ‘Vacation’

Anthony’s Key Resort is some place you should check out.

February 5, 2015

Roatan’s legendary dive/adventure resort Anthony’s Key Resort is a great place when you can dive or relax. Check out this world class resort.

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Costa Rica

July 13, 2014

We will be starting a weeks series on Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal next week.

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Go on a vacation that will leave you in aw.

July 11, 2014

If you have never been to Roatan to go diving your missing alot.

The Roatan Marine Park (RMP) is a grass roots, community-based, non-profit organization located on the island of Roatan, 50 kilometers off the mainland coast of Honduras.

Our organization was formed in January 2005 when a group of concerned dive operators and local businesses united in an effort to protect Roatan’s fragile coral reefs. Initially, it was our goal to run a patrol program within the Sandy Bay-West End Marine Reserve (SBWEMR), to prevent over exploitation through unsustainable fishing practices. Over time, we expanded the scope of our environmental efforts through the addition of other programs encompassing the entire island.

At present, the RMP, together with the Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA), co-manages the Reserve, which is a nationally recognised marine protected area located along the northwest coast of Roatan. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed with the ICF (National Institute of Conservation and Forestry Development, Protected Areas and Wildlife) to allow the RMP to be a co-manager of the Reserve. The ICF is the governmental institution responsible for the administration of all Honduran protected areas.

The RMP runs a broad range of activities to protect Roatan’s natural resources, including patrols and infrastructure, education, conservation and public awareness. We attend government enforced environmental damage inspections and provide environmental impact assessments (EIAs) on sites of proposed developments on the island. We have also assisted in establishing the first-ever plastic bottle recycling program on the island, introduced a “Bags for Life” campaign (which promotes the use of re-usable shopping bags), and have been instrumental in setting up community empowerment initiatives through supporting the creation of the Water Taxis Association and the Fisherman’s Alliance.

With a rapidly developing island, the number of challenges we face increases every day. We are focusing on engaging diverse community stakeholders to aid in developing solutions that can ensure long-term, sustainable management of our natural resources.

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Diving in Roatan.

July 8, 2014

If you are looking for a great place to dive then you need to see Roatan. This reef has everthing you want an need. The Island is small but very nice.

COME TO THE COOL BREEZES THIS SUMMER . . . OF ROATAN . . . THAT TROPICAL JEWEL ISLAND IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN. Still some Super Special Resort Savers left for this Summer and Fall 2014. Checkout some of the fine resorts here at Roatan Travel Guide. ‪#‎CaribbeanTravel‬‪#‎Roatan2014‬‪#‎Roatan‬ ‪#‎Diving

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Relax, Try New Adventures, and Enjoy Life in a GREAT Laid Back Country.

November 27, 2011
 
For a lot of reasons Belize may just be a top ten destination. 

Belize is a quiet, quirky little country. It doesn’t attract the attention of the mainstream media very often. It doesn’t have a mega-budget to promote itself as the next “in” place for tourists. It doesn’t feature a Trump Tower…celebrities don’t flock to its beaches…and it’s not in financial meltdown.

So you’re not likely to see it on a billboard, gracing the pages of a glossy magazine, or splashed across your TV screen anytime soon.

For that reason, it’s easy to overlook Belize when you’re considering a retirement or second home destination. And that’s a shame. Because Belize has a lot to offer.

Here are some of the highlights that might make you put Belize on your shortlist of retirement or second home destinations:

It’s close to the US. You can fly to Belize from Miami in two hours, for example. There are seven direct flights to Belize from U.S. cities. And once you land, it’s easy to get round. The country is only the size of Massachusetts, and well-served by highways and domestic airstrips. Belize is also within driving distance of Cancun, Mexico.

It’s English-speaking. This is a huge plus for anyone that doesn’t want to learn a foreign language. You’ll start to settle in, and make friends, from the moment you arrive in Belize.

Belize’s currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar. One U.S. dollar equals two Belizean dollars. This cuts out the worry of exchange rate fluctuations. Plus, many hotels, restaurants and retail outlets accept U.S. dollars.

Belize offers an easy retirement program called the Qualified Retirement Program (QRP). This program is available to those aged 45 and over, with a proven income of at least $2000 a month. Alternatively, you can apply for permanent residency. You must have lived in Belize for a year, and you need to show how you will support yourself financially in Belize.

Belize is a Caribbean country, without the stratospheric property price tags you see elsewhere in the Caribbean. Property prices remain relatively affordable here. You can buy a home site for $44,000…in an established community.

There’s lots to do. You can scuba dive through coral gardens…kayak down foaming river rapids…or snorkel over the jewel-like reef (the second-largest in the world). You can climb a Mayan temple…trek through a misty cloud forest…or catch a rare glimpse of a jaguar or tapir.

Belize Barrier Reef
No, this not an aquarium…it’s the Belize Barrier Reef

You can try different taste combinations, too. Belize’s cooking reflects her rich cultural heritage, which mixes influences and flavors from Spanish, Mayan and Garifuna cuisine. Fresh fish features heavily on restaurant menus…including conch, snapper, grouper, shrimp, lobster and squid.

The country hosts many festivals and cultural celebrations. The Film Festival takes place in June; Carnival and Independence Day in September; and the Taste of Belize festival in October. There’s always an event waiting to happen…

You can truly relax in Belize. I don’t just mean drifting to sleep in your hammock in the tropical afternoons, either. This small country isn’t crowded, or running on a pressure-cooker schedule. It’s tranquil…easy going…and manageable, with warm and welcoming locals.

Belize beach lifestyle
Slowing down is easy here…and you’ll enjoy life more

In Belize you can slow down, chill out, try new adventures…and start enjoying life again.

If you’d like to see if the serene Belize lifestyle is one that suits you, try a Belize chill weekend. These three day trips are set in Corozal, voted a top retirement spot by the AARP. You’ll explore this tranquil location…see Mayan ruins…and enjoy a seafood grill on the beach.

A must stop in the Caribbean is The Island of St Lucia.

November 26, 2011
 
The Island of St. Lucia
 
For a small island, St. Lucia offers a mix of untouched wilderness, quaint villages and colonial estates. The bustling capital city of Castriesis home to several historical sites, and features the city’s unique Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which was built in 1897. Located in Derek Walcott Square a 400-year old samaan tree offers shade to the Cathedral. The city is also home to vibrant shopping at the town market.Overlooking Castries is Morne Fortune (Hill of Good Luck), which was the location of a key battlefield during the colonial wars for possession of St. Lucia. The French began the construction of the fortress in the 18th century, but the British finally completed it in 1796.Marigot Bayis another vital historical location from the island’s colorful past. While today it is a picturesque bay that is home to quite expensive yachts, it was used by a British admiral as the staging point for an ambush against the French. Palm fronds where used to as camouflage to hide the British fleet.Some of the oldest history from the island can be discovered at Choiseul, a village on the southwest coast, where petroglyph carvings from some of the earliest inhabitants can be found. It is also the location of the old Fort Citreon, where today only a single cannon remains. The village features a crafts market and of course some pretty amazing views.Further south is Soufriere, which was established by the French in 1746, and is one of the oldest towns on St. Lucia. It features a very unusual marketplace that is decorated with bright murals and gingerbread trim. More of the islands past is alive and well in the small fishing villages of Anse-le-Ray and Canaries, where visitors can get a glimpse into one of the island’s most interesting traditions, fishing with dug-out canoes.The vibrant spirit of the Caribbean comes to live every Friday night, when Gros Islet is home to a mini-carnival that features a “jump up,” which includes soca and reggae music where people quite literally dance in the streets. The weekly street party for locals and visitors alike, can last well into the early morning hours.

For a real treat make sure you stop by Eudovic’s Art Studio.

Vincent Joseph Eudovic has been carving wood longer than anyone else on the island of St.Lucia and has established himself as St. Lucia’s leading sculptor. He started sculpting at a very young age, competing in his first exhibition at the tender age of twelve. From then on, Eudovic was set in his vocation, and to date has made a significant contribution to the art form through the training of a number of highly talented young men.

Eudovic uses local woods for his abstract carvings, and since no two roots are the same, every single sculpture is unique and different. The main wood he uses is Laurier Canelle, which is now extinct on the island; but he uses the old stumps and uncovered roots which are usually found deep in the forest. Laurier Canelle has a remarkable beauty which one can see after a sculpture has been completed. It is also very durable. Other woods used are Mahogany, Teak, Laurier Mabouey and red and white Cedar.

At his studio on the Morne, you can see his magnificent pieces on display – pieces that beg to be touched.

When it is time to take the family for a nice vacation, think about going to Bonaire

October 3, 2011
 
When it is time to take the family for a nice vacation, think about going to Bonaire.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Enjoy Bonaire’s turquoise waters along the coast. Heading north, stop for a picnic at Gotomeer with a possible sneak peak of the flamingos in the lake below. The village of Rincon, nestled in the north, provides a great place for refreshments and local treats.

Going south, take in the sights of the impressive pink waters and massive piles of Bonaire’s pristine salt – some of the purest in the world – like no other in the Caribbean.

A guided tour of Bonaire helps visitors enjoy those special things “hidden” around the island. Want to see the Tree of Life right here in the Caribbean, find a natural parrot nest, or learn more about the island history? Take a guided tour of Bonaire:

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Thinking of a vacation and want to get away?

September 28, 2011

Activities on Bonaire

For over twenty-five years, Bonaire has led the Caribbean in the conservation of its marine resources. Since 1979, all the waters off the island’s coast have been declared a marine park, which has led us to the enviable position of being ranked as one of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world.

Activities on Bonaire: kayaking, sailing, cycling, birdwatching
Kayaking, sailing, cycling or birdwatching
 

Visitors to Bonaire will soon find that not all the activities are confined to just under or in the sea. We have many more water-related activities that are being discovered by today’s active traveler. As a windsurfing location, the island is becoming well known for our steady tradewinds and protected areas with onshore winds. Our other water sports include both ocean and sea kayaking as well as sailing.

Other topside activities that are being enjoyed by visitors are cycling and nature tours through the “kunuku” or outback. Or, take to the wind with kiteboarding, or see a part of Bonaire rarely seen as you ride horseback on some of the island’s back trails.

Bird watching has always been a rewarding past time here. More and more visitors are enjoying the thrill of catching glimpses of some of our almost two hundred species of birds including our signature bird, the pink flamingo.

A trip to the Washington/Slagbaai National Park will present visitors with starkly beautiful vistas filled with many varieties of cacti, divi-divi trees, unbelievable landscapes and our wildlife, including semi-tame iguanas.

As you browse our pages we are sure you will find what you are looking for in the way of a destination. Above all, Bonaire is one place that takes seriously its responsibility to the environment and has pledged to keep that trust.

http://www.centralamericanretreats.com

 

Looking for peace, adventure and a great place to visit or live?

August 6, 2011

This is the remote Costa Rica so many people do not ever see.

Looking for peace, adventure and a great place to visit or live?

This short video is a great way to get an idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZkXQBn2D1Wg#at=16

http://www.costaricavacationing.com

The World’s Top Ten Retirement Havens in 10 days.

June 30, 2011

The World’s Top Ten Retirement Havens in 10 days.

Are you prepared for your retirement? Do you feel you are well on the way to creating a comfortable life for yourself in your retirement years? But have you given any thought to what the current economic climate is doing to your retirement nest egg—if so, you are likely to be concerned…

Unfortunately, retirement for many is just a dream, due to the increasing cost of living in the U.S. It is sickening to think, that after years of working hard to make ends meet and putting aside money for your dream retirement, that you may be forced to give up that dream. All because you will struggle to afford health care and living costs.

And this doom and gloom does not only apply to those thinking of retiring in the near future. Today’s U.S. baby boomers are approaching retirement at a time when the U.S. economy is sluggish, the bear market has pummeled their investment portfolios, and retirement pensions are no longer a sure thing.

They will likely face greater financial pressures in retirement than their parents did. And in greater numbers than ever, they will seek out alternatives to merely scraping by in the U.S.

But every day, a savvy few join the ranks of retirees living like royalty—but on tiny budgets. These people left the U.S. behind and got more for their retirement dollar in greener pastures. 

Belize

Belize sets itself apart from its neighbors in several ways—not least of which is the fact that the population speaks English. It makes living and doing business easy. What’s more, Belize is a small, peaceful country where you can beat the bureaucratic beasts by simply walking into the Minister of So-and-So’s office and sitting down to talk things out.
Belize, in many ways, is like a big small town. Its far-thinking banking laws have given the nation a distinct advantage when it comes to banking privacy. In an age when accounts in other jurisdictions are under attack, those in Belize remain secure…which is no mean feat.

And Belize’s retiree program offers attractive incentives to foreigners looking to live in Belize—particularly those who are already planning to declare their permanent residency outside the U.S.

Plus, Belize is just plain beautiful. From its Caribbean shores to its jungle interior, this nation has great natural beauty to recommend it—blue water and deserted beaches, inland retreats where jaguars and scarlet macaws still live in their natural habitats.

Climate

The climate in Belize is subtropical with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea and an annual mean temperature of 79° F. Summer temperatures usually never exceed 96° F while winter lows are seldom below 60° F, even at night.

Cost of living

Belize is not the most affordable place to settle in Central America. You’ll likely find prices for some items to be more than what you’re used to paying in the States…but then you will also discover that many services actually cost less.
Monthly living expenses in Belize vary widely, but $3,000 a month is more than adequate for most couples. The more you entertain and travel, of course, the more your costs will climb. It is certainly possible for a couple to live on considerably less than $3,000 a month, but it is all relative to your individual lifestyle.
Bear in mind that prices are generally higher in places like Ambergris Caye or Placencia. Ambergris is an island—and that means everything is imported. You’ll have to pay extra for that transport cost.
On the other hand, if you decide to live in the north of Belize in Corozal you will be able to take advantage of easy shopping trips to nearby Mexico. So while you can enjoy all the benefits of Belize…you can cross the border to buy your goods for less.
Food prices vary greatly from place to place, but savvy expats living in Belize know how to cut costs and eat better than most Americans do. Sandwiches typically cost less than $2, and beer and coffee are about $1. On the other hand, a medium-quality bottle of red wine is likely to be about $15.

The QRP program for those who want to retire in Belize

The quality of life alone in Belize is enough to qualify it as a retirement haven. But the country has gone a step further by offering incentives to expatriates who want to retire here.
Called the Qualified Retirement Persons Program, the plan is just one of the ways that Belize lets you keep more of your assets. Better still, you don’t actually have to be retired or even of retirement age. And, almost incredibly, you must live in Belize for only one month a year!

Where to look in Belize

Ambergris Caye

Ambergris is the largest island in Belize at 25 miles long and a little over a mile wide, and San Pedro is the only town. About 30 years ago, Ambergris Caye became a hotspot for divers and fishermen thanks to the Belize Barrier Reef, just a half mile offshore. This natural wonderland of living coral supports a dizzying array of marine life, and it’s the main reason Ambergris Caye has seen it’s recent incredible growth.

Until just a few years ago, San Pedro was a little fishing village that catered to adventure tourists coming for the scuba-diving and deep-sea fishing. The main motorized transportation on Ambergris Caye at that time was golf carts. Today San Pedro is the second-largest town in Belize District with more than 12,000 people, surpassed in size only by the former capital, Belize City.

Because Ambergris Caye is an island, almost everything except fish needs to be brought in, making the cost of living about twice that on the mainland. But what you get for your money still qualifies as quintessential Caribbean dream…and still cheaper than many better-known Caribbean islands that have become exclusive playgrounds of the rich and famous.

Caye Caulker

A short boat ride from Ambergris Caye is Caye Caulker, a five-mile by one-mile island often visited on day trips by tourists staying on Ambergris Caye. Although close to Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker has its own character and feel to it. Getting off the water taxi at Caye Caulker can be like stepping back in time. Tourism on the caye took off in the 1960’s and 70’s when hippies following the Gringo Trail stopped on the caye on their way from Isla Mujeres and Tulum in Mexico to Tikal and Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The island still has a young and very, very laid-back atmosphere.

Plancencia

Placencia is actually a long peninsula and has three population centers. Maya Beach is the northernmost and isn’t really a town…just a hodge-podge of small hotels and restaurants and a few small supply shops. In the middle of the peninsula is the Garifuna village of Seine Bight. Placencia Village at the southern tip of the peninsula, although no bigger than Seine Bight, is where the action is. It has about 600 full-time residents clustered in colorful Caribbean-style homes on stilts built on either side of the sidewalk referred to as “Main Street.” At four-feet wide and 4,070-feet long, it’s the narrowest main street in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

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